AMSHeR Convenes a Regional Learning Institute on the Margins of the Pan African ILGA Conference – Gaborone, Botswana: May 31 – June 1, 2018.

GABORONE, May 31st, 2018- The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) joins Pan Africa ILGA and LEGABIBO in hosting a Learning Institute  (Pre-Conference) for Young Key Populations in Gaborone, Botswana on the margins of the Pan African ILGA 4th Regional Conference scheduled from the  2nd June  – 4th June, 2018.

The two day convening targets young advocates from the southern African region with diverse backgrounds and experience with working with Key Populations across the region particularly, in their respective countries. This learning institute is part of a continuing curriculum under AMSHeR’s flagship ‘Sexual Health and Rights Institute’, an initiative that prioritises the capacity strengthening of nascent leaders across the continent. The convening meets the obligations set forth in the ‘Linking Policy and Programming Project [2016 – 2020]’ – an undertaking that seeks to improve the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) outcomes of Young Key Populations and is implemented in five southern African countries, notably Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Ragay Ndondo Ni Aina,  a nineteen year old self identifying  gay man from Madagascar expressed his joy at  the prospect of being exposed to the Pan African ILGA Conference that he sees as an opportunity for capacity strengthening and realisation of advocacy outcomes for young people while Martha Banda (Not her real names), a lesbian from Zambia sees the institute as a space  to prioritise conversations that interrogate the intersectional vulnerabilities that expose young lesbians to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

As a Pan African organisation both in operation and ideology, AMSHeR is privileged to host the Regional Learning Institute alongside the PAI ILGA conference as part of a continuing curriculum that seeks to strengthen the capacity of nascent leaders across the continent while prioritising their voices, experiences in anchoring change in policy and structural reform, state accountability and community led advocacy in a post Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era.



AMSHeR is a Pan-African coalition of MSM and LGBT-led organisations, working to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and to advance access to quality health services for MSM/LGBT in Africa. As an advocacy and capacity strengthening organisation AMSHeR provides a platform for exchange and learning among MSM/LGBT community-based organisations, human rights and HIV service organisations, and other agencies working with and for MSM/LGBT organisations.

In addition to bringing about visibility and addressing human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and barriers to access quality health services, AMSHeR advocates for increased resources, community leadership and strengthening of community structures and capacity to address these issues. AMSHeR and its membership engages in advocacy at national, continental and global levels on legal and policy reform human rights accountability and service delivery.

Juliet Mphande

Communications and Media Advocacy Manager